The downtown Atlanta spots where movies have filmed

You know the scene in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” when Peter Parker trots down an alley, shucks off his school clothes and gets into his Spider-Man suit? Or the scene in “Captain America: Civil War” where an entire floor of a building explodes? How about the epic scene in “Anchorman 2” where literally everyone is fighting?

It all filmed in downtown Atlanta, not far from where the Universities of Georgia and Alabama meet Monday for the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. Georgia’s film-friendly tax policies have lured a steady stream of filming here – so much that Georgia topped a 2017 list of filming locations, besting California, the United Kingdom and Canada.

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If you’re downtown for the game, you likely will stroll past the site where a movie or television project has shot a memorable scene. “Baby Driver,” for which Ansel Elgort is up for a Golden Globe tonight, was both filmed in and set in Atlanta, so it wasn’t hard to detect area locations on the big screen.

In this opening clip Baby is parked at 140 Peachtree Street outside the Breen Smith ad agency (since merged with Chemistry and known by that name) and the heist goes down inside a fictitious bank at the Candler Building, 127 Peachtree Street. You can also see the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, the State Bar of Georgia building and lots of other downtown spots:

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Here are a few others to look out for.

The alley behind Slice Downtown, at roughly 89 Fairlie Street, between Poplar and Luckie, is where Tom Holland went from Peter to Spidey.

 

 

Where Peter became Spidey. Photo: Jennifer Brett

It’s not exactly a marked tourist attraction; I happened to walk by yesterday on the way back from the fan plaza at the Georgia World Congress Center and recalled it was where I watched Holland run through take after take of this scene. The alley is looking pretty utilitarian these days.

Holland’s character debuted in another Marvel movie, “Captain America: Civil War,” so it seemed fitting that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” shot a scene right around the corner from where “Captain” did.

An early scene finds Captain America, Falcon, Black Widow (Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson) in a market in Lagos, Nigeria. Then Crossbones (Frank Grillo) shows up, a massive fight ensues and part of a building blows up.

The building they blew up on camera (it’s actually just fine of course) is on Mitchell Street at Ted Turner Drive, one block from a street scene in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” (You can see Mercedes-Benz Stadium from here.) I was there one night during filming.

Mitchell Street at Ted Turner Drive in downtown Atlanta has been a busy area for filming. Photo: Jennifer Brett

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Here’s the scene:

 

Toward the end of “Anchorman 2,” Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is in a fight with, like, everyone. He and his colleagues (Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Dave Koechner) mix it up with every other news team on the planet. In other words, because it’s so much less expensive to shoot here, the movie’s budget was able to accommodate cameos from Kanye West, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sacha Baron Cohen Marion Cotillard, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Liam Neeson, John C. Reilley and probably some others I’m missing.

The movie was set in classy San Diego and New York (note the strategically positioned New York Post sign and yellow taxicabs) but this scene happened in Woodruff Park in the heart of downtown Atlanta:

 

The military drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” filmed in the late Georgia Dome. If you’re near Mercedes-Benz Stadium and surrounding areas this weekend you’re kinda near where the fireworks scene shown midway through this clip took place:

 

And the Georgia State Capitol, a little south of where the football action is taking place, has itself served as a filming location, for movies including “Selma,” “Kill the Messenger” and “Ride Along 2.”

Vintage cars were parked outside the Capitol building when “Selma” filmed there. AJC file photo: Aaron Gould Sheinin

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